BREAKING: Six-year-old girl killed in drive-by shooting

Published 11:56 am Monday, March 21, 2022

A drive-by shooting has resulted in the death of a Lake Charles child. The Lake Charles Police is requesting that anyone who might have information regarding this crime, call 337-491-1311.

Deputy Chief Franklin Fondel Jr., a number of crime scene investigators and the coroner’s office were at the scene Monday morning, processing the scene and collecting evidence that could lead to a suspect.

Fondel said their office was notified of a shooting late Sunday on Mill Street.

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“Upon officers’ arrival here to the 1400 block of Mill Street, officers learned a 6-year-old female child was shot due to a drive-by shooting,” Fondel said.

When the ambulance arrived, it was determined the child was dead, according to Fondel.

“This is very disturbing,” he said repeatedly, “A 6-year-old child was in the residence watching TV, and a drive-by shooting took this child’s life.”

He spoke of the necessity of an investigation that “dots every i and crosses every t” in order to make the kind of case that could help give some sense of closure to the family.

Fondel said in his 20 years in LCPD law enforcement, three young people’s lives have been claimed in drive-by shootings, a 13-year-old, an 11-year-old and now a 6-year-old.

Information will be released as it becomes available.